The autumnal equinox is Thursday and in the garden, summer's last hurrah soon will collide with the carnival of autumn's warm colors. Fruit stands are heavy with produce and I've been busy preserving fruit. I'm nearly finished dehydrating and freezing peaches but there are cases of apples to work through. Fruit flies are everywhere! While there are things blooming in the garden, what struck me most on Sunday when I went out to gather things for a vase was foliage which will all too soon be compost.
Here's what I came up with in a hurry. Nearly spent coleus flowers, leaves from Heuchera 'Forever Purple,' Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon,' a bit of bamboo, Parahebe perfoliata and some unseen fig leaves at the sides of the vase. It seemed appropriate to include the now dried leaves picked up in the park last week, and add some apples and a pesky fly.
It's a bit busy, even for me but it'll be fun outside since last week's vases are still going strong. Since summer is weary, let's enjoy autumn, that wild child, as long as we can!
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